Cybersecurity For Beginners, Introduction to Cyber Security

Are you new to IT & cybersecurity and wondering which role might suit you best? In this cybersecurity for beginners overview, we cover the roles of Network Administrator, Incident Responder, System Administrator, Penetration Tester, Cloud Engineer, Cybersecurity Manager, and Privacy Analyst. Find the role for you in this exciting field.

Course Content

Course Description

The Introduction to IT and Cybersecurity course provides an overview of several key cybersecurity careers, including common responsibilities of the role, common cybersecurity skills used, and common certifications for each role. The course will also provide students with demonstrations of some of the tools in use and/or tasks they may be expected to perform in each career role. The main goal of this course is to help you make a decision on the right career for you to pursue in IT or cybersecurity.

This intro series will do something very few other training sessions actually do: help you make a career decision. We’ll cover four of the primary disciplines of IT and information security to help you decide which career path is right for you, and we’ll help get you on the right track to succeed in the field of your choice. We will also introduce how Cybrary can help prepare you for the chosen field.

You will hear directly from the experts on what it takes to boost your career to the next level. From interview prep to resume writing, expect a thorough overview on how to achieve one of the industry's most prestigious titles in cybersecurity.

Target Audience for this Cybersecurity Course

This entry-level course is targeted toward anyone that is interested in IT or cybersecurity but doesn’t know where to start in their career journey. It’s also beneficial for recruiters to understand some of the job roles they may be hiring for and it’s beneficial to individuals writing job descriptions. #


This is a cyber security course for beginners, so there are no specific technical prerequisites required.


Intro to IT and Cybersecurity Course Goals

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand an overview of different IT and Cybersecurity careers
  • Understand common responsibilities of each role
  • Identify common certifications for each role
  • Understand key skills needed in each role
  • Determine whether a career in cybersecurity is right for them
  • Identify the career path to get started with
  • What Does the IT and Cybersecurity for Beginners Course Cover?

    If you are interested in pursuing a career in IT or cybersecurity, then this training course is a great place to start. In this entry-level IT training, you will cover topics like system administration, network engineering, incident response and forensics, and offensive security and penetration testing.

    This cybersecurity for beginners course was created to provide students with an overview of IT and security fundamentals, so they are better able to decide in which IT field they want to pursue a career. We will help you make the right choice and show you how Cybrary can help you advance in the career you’ve selected.

    The course is a total of 1 hour and 41 minutes of clock time, and you will receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing the training.

    Why Take Cybersecurity Courses?

    There are many reasons to get into the cybersecurity industry. First and foremost, there is a huge demand for it. Cyber threats and attacks continue to increase, so the demand for professionals to protect data and other digital assets for organizations continues to grow as well. In fact, the demand for IT professionals is actually growing faster than the number of qualified individuals to fulfill that demand. That means that qualified IT and cybersecurity professionals are almost guaranteed to find positions that come with a significant amount of job security. Additionally, most cybersecurity professionals earn a healthy salary, especially as they advance in their careers.

    Who Can Learn Cybersecurity?

    The Introduction to IT and Cybersecurity training course is ideal for anyone who is interested in the IT or cybersecurity industry. It is an entry level IT course, which means there are no prerequisites, and you don’t have to have any previous IT work experience. It consists of a general overview that will help you as you consider a career in IT or cybersecurity.

    Can I Get into Cybersecurity without a Degree?

    The quick answer to this question is: yes, you can get into cybersecurity without a degree. In fact, the IT industry has many professionals currently working in it that don’t have degrees. Many IT and cybersecurity personnel have strayed from traditional education paths that lead to four-year (or beyond) degrees. Instead, they are able to pursue careers in cybersecurity by demonstrating that they have the knowledge and core competencies for key roles. Obtaining training and certifications like CompTIA Security+ can be valuable resources in landing cybersecurity jobs without having a degree.

    What Jobs are Available in Cybersecurity?

    The job outlook for cybersecurity professionals is more favorable than it ever has been. Because it’s such a wide field, there are numerous different jobs that you can pursue in the cybersecurity industry. The following is a list of some of the more common cybersecurity jobs, but keep in mind, job titles can vary from organization to organization:

  • Penetration Tester – professionals who learn how to legally hack into systems, networks, software, etc. to discover vulnerabilities in security
  • Security Generalist – typically an all-around cybersecurity analyst for smaller organizations
  • Security Architect – this IT professional designs, builds, and maintains the implementation of computer and network security for an organization
  • Network Security Engineer – typically a role found in bigger organizations that is responsible for managing the security of the organization’s network software and hardware
  • Cryptographer – creates ways to encrypt sensitive data for individual and corporate privacy
  • SOC Analyst - this cybersecurity professional monitors a network for abnormal or suspicious activity
  • Incident Response Analyst – these are the first responders to security breaches or issues
  • Forensic Malware Analyst – this security professional focuses on malware, where it came from, what it does, etc.
  • Security Auditor – this professional is responsible for reporting on an organization's security system’s effectiveness and how it can be improved
  • Security Trainer – trains other security personnel
  • And many, many more!
  • What are you waiting for? Sign up for this cybersecurity for beginners class and begin your new career path today. Cybrary offers many other self-paced, online courses in IT and information security. Check our extensive course library to see what you want to learn next.

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    Instructed by

    Ken Underhill

    I'm a cybersecurity professional who has worked primarily in healthcare and as an adjunct professor of digital forensics. I have been instructing online for several years, primarily in business and health-related areas. I hold both the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker)and CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator) certifications from EC-Council and am a content reviewer/writer for both exams (no, I can’t give you the answer key lol). I began helping other professionals pass the CHFI exam after struggling in my first exam attempt. To date, I have helped tens of thousands of people around the world pass the CEH and CHFI exams.

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